The 6 Best Things about Labor and Delivery
I know what you're thinking...
What in the actual hell could I possibly think was "the best" about Labor and delivery?!?
It sounds ridiculous, but humor me here...
Now that Olivia is getting older (the threenager struggle is soooo real), I've been spending A LOT of time thinking about when I had her. Trying to remember every detail and relive it. Especially while we consider adding another baby to our crazy family! Best to remember the trauma and excitement than to be surprised all over again, right? Who knew birth amnesia was really a thing?!?
So, with that thought in mind, I've chosen my six favorite things about labor and delivery...
Here they are:
1. Hospital Crushed Ice
Crushed ice is lllllliiiiiiffffffeeeeee. Honestly, I would 100 percent give birth again as long as crushed ice is involved. I probably went through my body weight (a whopping 245 pounds at the time of labor) in crushed ice during my 4 day hospital stay....If memory serves me, I also asked for some crushed ice to go as we were being discharged. No shame in my game. Crushed ice is amazing....
2. Having people go out of their way for you
I never really thought twice about this until after I was at home and officially lived the "Mom life". You know, where you, the Mom, take care of and worry about everyone else in your family whilst putting yourself last.... Having all those nurses, doctors, and family members fawn over me was actually nice for the moment.... I could definitely go for a few days of being cared for by other people again... 🤷♀️💯
3. The drugs
I don't want to make this a "drugs vs. all natural" argument. I am all for natural child birth if it's what a Mama wants, but I knew that just wasn't for me. My birth plan included ALL the drugs.... Morphine, check. Laughing gas, check. Epidural, check. And when I think about it, I'd totally do it again. No shame in my game. If I'm delivering the miracle of life, I at least want to be in some level of comfort. Sorry, not sorry...
4. The excitement
There is nothing in this world that compares to the excitement of knowing it's go time. The nervousness of how your life is about to change, paired with the excitement of FINALLY meeting the little bun you've been cooking all this time...ugh... It is so freaking amazing. It actually makes labor seem a little less horrible. ALMOST. Knowing the end is near makes it totally worth it.
5. Bonding with your spouse
Were there points during labor when I wanted my husband to be skinned alive? Sure. But overall he was AMAZING. We were such a great team. He remained calm and supported me in ways I never could have imagined. We definitely bonded on a whole new level during labor and delivery, and I am so thankful for it.
6. That sweet little end result
Obviously this was the best part about labor and delivery.... After all, that little babe is the whole entire purpose! The minute I held Olivia for the first time nothing else in the world mattered. It was honestly a moment I wish I could relive over and over again. It's funny to think about now, but my sadistic and psychotic toddler is still the best part of labor and delivery... Well, most days....
What were some of your favorite things about labor and delivery?